Butterick 5954 Knit Top – OOP but shouldn’t be!

OK, I am in love with this knit tunic pattern. And I had to wait to get it – it’s out of print and has been in my wishlist for a long time because OOP patterns are so expensive. Finally, BMV put all their OOP’s on sale. And it’s mine!

I think all the choices are wonderful – something for every season and time of day. And lots of opportunity for mixing things up.

With a nod to my fellow sewists on Pattern Review, all the lovely versions there really helped me envision what I might do with the pattern. For the most part, I was after a little less fullness in the skirt, particularly in the back. And I wanted to avoid an FBA. But I also wanted to keep the sculpted effect that is so figure-flattering. Sewing notes:

  • I sewed the size Medium (12-14), my usual in the Big 4.
  • The fabric is Goldenrod Sew Classic cotton/poly interlock knit from JoAnns.
  • I removed acreage from the center back seam and both side seams, from the bottom edge and cured up, to take out a bit of the swing in the skirt.
  • And I added a bit at the mid-torso for ease in the bust and waistline.
This is an uncomplicated redraft, because the swing is so apparent on the pattern pieces.

A note on the hemline. It has a lot of curve – it’s all curve – so I turned it up 1/2″ with Steam-a-Seam. Having the fabric secured, plus the little bit of extra heft from the tape, made topstitching so easy.

Here’s my muslin, the sleeveless version, done in a very lightweight rayon/cotton knit. What a fun change from a tank or tee. IMHO the higher neckline and swing in the skirt really add punch to this pattern.

If you look closely, you’ll see a PATCH on the skirt back 🙂 I got the whole thing sewn and found a small hole in the fabric. Made lemonade…decided it’s a design feature.
I’m so happy with this pattern – I’ve already cut out 2 more with the sleeves. It’s incredibly comfortable, a great length, and I feel pretty in it. 
Other news…
I got turned out of bed at 3:30 this morning to take Darrin and Ashley to the airport! They’re half-way across the country by now, sleeping I’m sure. 
I’m writing in company with Kitty Nikita and Kitty Callisto – we have Wimbledon tennis on the tube. Perfect day. Wishing you one as well.
Ciao! Coco
Edited 7/11/2015…it’s back in print! Just saw it on BMV.com

25 thoughts on “Butterick 5954 Knit Top – OOP but shouldn’t be!

  1. Love this top. I have this pattern and was sort of “meh” about it until I saw your take on it. I now see several versions that I want to make.


  2. Thanks! and I checked again, because it's back in Butterick's regular rota! I added a note in the post above, but you might not have seen it. Now – when BMV puts Butterick on sale, it should be there…


  3. I love both of these and had to laugh about the patch — I've had to do that more than once:) Also, thanks for the visual of how you altered the pattern — very helpful. Enjoy babysitting the kitties!


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